(LFC Comments: If you detect a curious odor when driving through Willoughby Hills, it may be the smell of corruption. We just received this press release, and we have to say that there is something amiss in Willoughby Hills. We will be filing a records request with Mayor Gardner tomorrow, so stay tuned. We will be asking for 3 years worth of financial statements, the Mayor’s 2020 proposed budget, and the compensation package for the Mayor’s Executive Assistant.
No one should have to endure what Councilwoman Majka had to put up with from the Mayor and his cohorts.)
Over the last two years, the past Mayor and his supporters unsuccessfully attempted to fire, recall and even remove Councilwoman Majka with a lawsuit in Probate Court for refusing to vote for the Mayor’s deficit budget. Although the last attempt to remove Councilwoman Majka was ruled “frivolous” by then-Law Director James O’Leary, the new Mayor Andy Gardner and his administration continue to threaten Councilwoman Majka with litigation and removal after she once again voted against the Mayor’s budget.
Councilwoman Majka’s resignation letter further explains “Unfortunately, there has been a dark side for those who speak up and challenge the status quo in Willoughby Hills City Hall . . . I voted against the Mayor’s budget this year, because it spends nearly a million dollars more than last year, when our revenue is bound to decrease due to COVID-19. I voted against the Mayor Andy Gardner’s proposal to increase garbage fees, because my neighbors told me they could not afford it.
I hoped my dissent would be respected, even if my colleagues chose not to listen, but the bullying in City Hall and retaliation has only gotten worse. Mayor Gardner was very disparaging at Council meetings when I asked questions or provided a different perspective, and following his lead, a handful of his supporters harassed me mercilessly. I can’t even begin to share how much all of this has hurt my family and close friends.”